The Glitter Trail is the most fabulously gay bus tour ever to hit the roads of South Africa. The 8 day long journey will take you through the most exciting parts of South Africa – exploring Urban Johannesburg and its’ LGBTQ+ heritage and gay night life, heading South West towards Cape Town with stops in …
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The Glitter Trail is the most fabulously gay bus tour ever to hit the roads of South Africa.
Date : November 1, 2021
No Itinerary Included
We recommend that you arrive in South Africa a few days before the Glitter Trail begins, on a safari and exploring all the Johannesburg has to offer.
We will gladly put some ideas and costs together for you
Date : November 2, 2021
At the scheduled time, we will all meet at Melrose Arch in Johannesburg for a welcome cocktail and to meet your fabulously crazy team who will accompany you on the road trip and give you the ins and outs of what’s to come.
Our first adventure is a short ride (with a glass of bubbles, of course) on the Glitter Bus to the starting point of a specially created LGBTQ+ Heritage Tour of Mid-Town Johannesburg. The tour will take us to a few of Jozi’s greatest coffee and booze spots, setting the tone for the week ahead.
Dinner will be at one of Melrose Arch’s famous restaurants, where we will have a chance to get to know each other before the exciting road trip departs for Cape Town.
Date : November 3, 2021
After breakfast and check out, we will begin the 5 hour road trip to Bloemfontein, the capital city of the Free State Province and the Judicial Capital of South Africa. Along the way, our hosts (one of which will be a somewhat naughty drag character) will keep you entertained with the Glitter Bus Games.
On arrival in Bloem, we will head straight (or is that gay-ly forward?) to the famous Rose Garden, where we will enjoy a delicious charcuterie-style picnic and a game of Lawn Croquet & Boule. It promises to be a delightfully gay afternoon in the centre of South Africa.
After some time to explore the beautiful city of flowers, dinner will be at the decadent Seisoen. The owners of Seisoen, married gay couple, Maritsa & Maradine Whitehorn, were finalists in South Africa’s My Kitchen Rules Competition in 2018.
[Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner]
Date : November 4, 2021
An early morning departure from Bloem as we begin the journey to Nieu-Bethesda.
The quaint village of Nieu-Bethesda is in the Great Karoo, famous for its Angora goats and Karoo lamb.
There are craft shops and galleries, potteries and sculpture gardens – most famously, the late Helen Martin’s extraordinary “Owl House”, which we will visit.
A short ride will take us to our stop over for the night, Graaff-Reinet.
This wonderful town is truly in the heart of the Great Karoo (or “Place of Thirst”). It is a boundless and mysterious place where broad plains roll away to distance koppies and mountains that seem to touch the indigo sky.
The town is an eccentric little hamlet filled with a rich history, superb art and culture, world-class restaurants and a night sky that dazzles with countless stars and galaxies
Today the Glitter Trail continues south to the Indian Ocean town of Plettenberg Bay.
Plett, as it is known as by South Africans, is one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly towns in the country, with loads of activities, seafood to die for and the best sunrise you will ever see.
There will be ample time to explore the town before we head to neighbouring Knysna for a sunset Bubbles Cruise through the Knysna Heads.
Garden Route & Klein Karoo
In the morning, we will load up the bus and begin the journey to Oudtshoorn with some amazing stops along the way.
The first stop: an adventure for the brave – the Knysna Zipline! An adrenaline-filled experience that will have us gliding over the treetops of the Knysna forests, giving spectacular views of the area. The cables crisscross of the gorge with heights up to 200m. An epic adventure awaits!
Once we are done flying above the trees, we will continue on to Oudtshoorn with the second stop at Redberry Farm – a strawberry farm with the biggest maze in the Southern Hemisphere. We will treat you to a taste of Strawberry Lips – a pink drink with a kick.
And then on to Oudtshoorn, a lovely town in the Klein Karoo, nestled between the Outeniqua and Swartberg Mountains. You cannot visit Oudtshoorn without visiting a famous ostrich farm! We still stop at Highgate Ostrich Show Farm for an informative and delightful tour of the farm, finishing up with a delicious meal at the famous Pepper Tree Restaurant.
[Meals: breakfast & dinner]
Today we will be spending some time on the bus as we pass through cute little towns along the famous Route 62 (remember, there is bottomless bubbles available on the bus).
The first stop will be in Calitzdorp to get a taste of their award winning wines. Then on to the gay-village of Barrydale (a large part of the population of Barrydale are from the LGBTQ+ community). Here we will taste local craft beer, explore the galleries and divine coffee shops and arts and craft stores.
Our last stop, not too far from Barrydale is Montagu. A little town famous for its’ fruits and dried fruit production. Wandering the streets of the town, buying trinkets and preserves is a wonderful experience.
Today, the second last day, we head to the wine capital of South Africa – Franschhoek. Truly one of the most beautiful towns in the country, surrounded by vineyards and mountains.
We will enjoy wine tastings along the way before embarking on a fun bicycle ride through the heart of the town.
Franschhoek is also famous for its art galleries and restaurants, so dinner tonight will be a treat at a restaurant of your choice.
Our last day will be in Cape Town. After the 90 minute drive, we will head directly to Table Mountain and up the cable car – without doubt the best way to experience Cape Town for the first time.
There will be time to explore the city before we head out for a night on the town. Dinner will be at Beefcakes – South Africa’s famous Drag Queen Spot where you will be served by the sexiest men in Cape Town and entertained by the best drag queens. Afterwards, the night is yours to explore the gay-village, as we say good-bye to our Glitter Trail Team.
[Meals: breakfast & dinner]
The Glitter Trail Bus Tour officially ends, but we encourage you to spend a few more days in Cape Town before you leave. There is so much to do and we will happily help put an itinerary together for you.
- Transport on a luxury bus from Johannesburg to Cape Town, as indicated in the itinerary
- 8 nights’ accommodation at 4 / 5 star establishments along the route; on a bed & breakfast basis
- Private tour leader and drag artist for the entire tour
- Bottomless Method Cap Clasique (MCC bubbles) on the bus each day
- Water & Snacks on the bus each day
- Games & Activities on the bus
- Meals as follows:
- Breakfast daily
- 1 x lunch
- 4 x dinners
- Urban Jozi LGBTQ+ Heritage Tour
- Picnic & Croquet in Bloemfontein
- Entrance to Owl House & Helen Martins Museum in Nieu-Bethesda
- Sunset Bubbles Cruise on the Knysna Lagoon
- Ziplining in Knysna
- Visit to the Redberry Farm
- Tour at Highgate Ostrich Farm, with dinner at Pepper Tree
- 2 x Wine-tastings in Calitzdorp
- Beer tasting in Barrydale
- 2 x Wine-tastings in Franschhoek
- Bicycle Tour in Franschhoek
- Return Cable Car tickets at Table Mountain
- Dinner & Show at Beefcakes
- Experiences before and after the Glitter Trail Bus Tour
- International flights, arriving in Johannesburg & departing from Cape Town
- Travel Insurance
- Visas if required
- Excursion and activities not listed in the itinerary
- Personal expenses
- Tips / Gratuities for Glitter Trail team and at restaurants
- Meals not mentioned in the package
- Drinks, except the bottomless bubbles on the bus